Singapore Botanic Gardens

The First Nomination as a UNESCO WHS of Singapore

***Inscribed as WHS on 2015***

UNESCO Nominated, Singapore Botanic Gardens
My AWH trip to Singapore is the journey to explore the 155 years old garden and public park. Well, it is still in the UNESCO tentative list, not inscribed yet.

The botanic gardens where inscribed by UNESCO are Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua, Italy. It is world's first botanical garden and Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, UK.

Heritage Museum, Displaying History

Heritage Museum, displaying Plants and Technologies

SBG Brief History
Established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society
Designed by Lawrence Niven, a nutmeg plantation manager, who influenced by English garden style from 18th century to the time of establishment

At present 74-hectare SBG is continued to be a regional centre for plant science, research, conservation and recreation.

Outstanding Works
The introduction, experimentation and promotion of Para Rubber, the prime economical tree of Southeast Asia.
The big role of greening and transformation of Singapore into the Garden City.

Heritage Zone
Botany centre and Tanglin core is the original location of SBG. The heritage trip should be started from Tanglin gate as a loop along Heritage Trail. I limit to explore SBG only this zone. Other zone of SBG is not submitted to UNESCO as world heritage site.

A visit to entire SBG may take 1 day. For Tanglin core only, I took 3hrs with lunch at one of SBG restaurants.

Heritage Building, Ridly Hall
Heritage Building, Holttum Hall-Heritage Museum at Present
Tanglin Core attractions related to historical landmarks
Holttum Hall / Heritage Museum
Ridley Hall
Swan Lake and gazebo
Heritage trail
Heritage trees

How to explore SBG by Heritage Trail
Easy! Heading to Green Pavilion, the information desk at Tanglin gate, ask for a visitor map or download from SBG website. The map has been shown the landmarks and all routes of the gardens.

Heritage Building, Bandstand

Heritage Trail, Tanglin Core
Heritage Trees, Tanglin Core

Swan Lake, Tanglin Core

Iron Work Gazebo at Swan Lake, Tanglin Core
How to reach the SBG on the right area
Please go to Tanglin gate for heritage visit, SBG is large (76-hectare), other entrances are far from heritage zone.

I took a bus NO 174 from Orchard Boulevard bus stop (Orchard MRT exit B) to Tanglin gate. See the Gleanagles Hospital on right side and get off at the bus stop opposite the hospital. Tanglin gate is 80m from the hospital.

For private cars, parking available.

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